Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) (cont.)
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Inflammatory Bowel Disease Medical Treatment
The goal of medical treatment is to suppress the abnormal inflammatory response. This allows the intestinal tissue to heal, thereby relieving the symptoms of diarrhea and abdominal pain. Once the symptoms are under control, medical treatment is used to decrease the frequency of flare-ups and to maintain remission.
A stepwise approach to the use of medications for inflammatory bowel disease may be taken. With this approach, the most benign (least harmful) drugs or drugs taken for a short period of time are used first. If they fail to provide relief, drugs from that are less benign are used.
Note that drugs from all steps may be used additively; in general, the goal is to wean off the corticosteroids as soon as possible to prevent long-term side effects. There may be different opinions regarding the use of certain agents in this stepwise approach.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 10/2/2015
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